LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Clients often like to blame travel agents when
things go wrong on vacation.
But the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), a trade
association for ski area owners and operators based here, believes
firmly that skiers and snowboarders need to be reminded of their
own responsibilities when on the slopes.
In addition, ski instructors and on-mountain staff promote this
concept through education.
In the interests of "getting them while they are young," NSAA
this year, in conjunction with Ski magazine, is running a National
Kids' Safety Poster Contest for children in the fourth, fifth and
In addition to prizes, the winning poster will be in Ski's
October 2001 issue.
The National Safety Council; the National Ski Patrol; the
Professional Ski Instructors of America; American Association of
Snowboard Instructors, and Willis and AIG insurance companies also
are working with the ski mountains to promote on-slope awareness
A national Your Responsibility Code, which was developed in the
1940s by the National Ski Patrol, is posted throughout the country
via signage on the slopes, on trail maps and even on cafeteria
Travel agents can participate in the awareness effort by making
a copy of Your Responsibility Code available to their ski and
A partial list of the code's points follows:Always stay in control.
People ahead of you have the right of way.
Stop in a safe place for you and others.
Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and
Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
Know how to use the lifts safely.
For additional information, check out the following Web
sites:National Ski Areas Association -- www.nsaa.org.
National Safety Council - www.nsc.org.
National Ski Patrol -- www.nsp.org.